Herald Sun - Motoring - - Head to head -


The SV6 Sport­wagon sits on the next step above the en­try model in its range. While the Mazda beats the Holden in terms of kit, the stan­dard fea­tures are fine. These in­clude 16inch al­loy wheels, an 8-inch dis­play screen, Holden’s MyLink sys­tem with em­bed­ded apps, and au­to­matic park­ing.


The SV6 has a prop­erly tough stance with its pumped-up wheel arches and broad blokey face. There are many hot­ted up ver­sions around. And yet this is such a prac­ti­cal fam­ily bus with its spa­cious com­fort­able seat­ing up­front and in the rear. The cargo space is an enor­mous 895 litres. The cabin feels re­fined and the touch screen and in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is easy to use.


A 3.6-litre 210kW/350Nm V6 is un­der the bon­net which Holden has hooked up to its six speed auto. It drinks fairly heav­ily com­pared to the Mazda at a claimed 9.3L/100km, but the per­for­mance it re­turns is ex­cel­lent. Just like the Mazda, sus­pen­sion up­front in the Holden is MacPher­son struts with a multi-link in the rear.


It scores five ANCAP crash test stars. There’s six airbags here, too and also like its ri­val there’s a re­vers­ing cam­era, ABS, trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol and elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion. Au­to­matic park­ing makes the pack­age even safer.


The sus­pen­sion tune Holden has given this car is bril­liant. Rough roads are wept over with­out fuss, while han­dling is ex­cel­lent too. The steer­ing is light, but spot on, the en­gine is a lit­tle thirsty, but grunty and re­spon­sive when you’re in Sport mode, while that six speed auto trans­mis­sion is top notch. There re­ally isn’t much to fault here.

VER­DICT The SV6 pips the Mazda to the post in the wagon war.

The diesel 6 is $41,650 and worth ev­ery cent of the ex­tra. That’s why it, not the petrol, was a COTY fi­nal­ist

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